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How do I tell if a SATA port is SATA 1, 2, or 3 & WHAT'S THE BEST SSD RIGHT NOW?

How do I tell if a SATA port is SATA 1, 2, or 3 on my motherboard.
My motherboard is GA-Z87-DS3H
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4761#sp

I need this beacause i want to change my hdd to a ssd, what's the best & cheapest (weird i know) ssd right now?
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  1. Best answer
    All modern motherboards are moving towards SATA 3 .
    The motherboard you linked has SATA 3 but is backwards compatible.

    Good SSD to choose:
    Samsung 840 EVO, Crucial MX100
  2. Your motherboard is running SATA 6Gb/s, which is SATA III. If you are not aware, the SATA interface is backwards compatible. You can put a SATA I device on a SATA III port and vice versa. However, each iteration of SATA introduces more bandwidth for your devices. So, pairing a SATA III SSD with a SATA III port would yield the best performance for you.

    As far as SSDs go, I happen to think that the best bang for your buck is currently the Samsung 840 Evo family. However, the 850 Pro line came out not too long ago and there are whispers of an 850 Evo family.
  3. Thank you so much for the fast replies :)
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